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Why would someone need a thoracotomy for pneumothorax?

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Dr. Jeffrey Everett
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Prevent recurrence

Usually can be done with a video assisted technique avoiding a true thoracotomy.
Recurrence is the usual indication for surgery or job/recreation that involve pressure changes such as scuba diviers and pilots.

In brief: Prevent recurrence

Usually can be done with a video assisted technique avoiding a true thoracotomy.
Recurrence is the usual indication for surgery or job/recreation that involve pressure changes such as scuba diviers and pilots.
Dr. Jeffrey Everett
Dr. Jeffrey Everett
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In brief: Most of the time no.

The majority of cases of pneumothrorax can be treated with what's called a tube thoracostomy, or a chest tube.
The only time a video-assisted thoracostomy (vats) or thoracotomy (open procedure) would be required for a pneumothorax is in a situation where the lung is scarred down in a collapsed position, and needs a procedure to free up the lung. This is rare though.

In brief: Most of the time no.

The majority of cases of pneumothrorax can be treated with what's called a tube thoracostomy, or a chest tube.
The only time a video-assisted thoracostomy (vats) or thoracotomy (open procedure) would be required for a pneumothorax is in a situation where the lung is scarred down in a collapsed position, and needs a procedure to free up the lung. This is rare though.
Dr. Vineet Choudhry
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Treatment

It is very uncommon to use thoracotomy approach for a simple pneumothorax.
If surgery is indicated, it is most often by minimally invasive technique (vats).

In brief: Treatment

It is very uncommon to use thoracotomy approach for a simple pneumothorax.
If surgery is indicated, it is most often by minimally invasive technique (vats).
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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